I’ve received two emails of note lately that I wanted to bring to your attention.
First, this one from a reader in Missouri.
Subj: Your principled stance on marriage.
Just had to drop a note to high-five your clear and excellent thought process on this emotional issue. As is your style, you cut to the essence of the debate with honesty and feeling. It reminds me a little of when my daughter and her boyfriend were presenting all sorts of logical and economic reasons for which they should live together. I was so annoyed with them. I said, “Don’t give me economics, give me passion as your reason.” It felt right at the time and it feels right still. I want everyone to be able to love the person of his choice. Marriage is not a prerequisite to having that. Yes, civil unions are a good answer and I support them.
And then this one from a GP reader who contributed a significant amount of money via PayPal to this blog. It was so significant I wrote him back to make sure he hadn’t gotten a decimal point in the wrong place. Here’s his response.
No, that was definitely not a mistake, though I understand your wish to confirm it. I have given similar amounts to Independent Gay Forum and Andrew Sullivan in the past. My wife and I ardently support gay rights, but who we REALLY love are gay moderates and conservatives who know that there are other important issues out there, too. The most pathetic scene has been yours truly sitting next to a militant lesbian at a black-tie fundraiser for a well-known national gay organization and foolhardedly trying to convince her that being gay doesn’t necessarily require her to be a Maoist anarchist intent on destroying the system that, after all, provides refuge for all and will, with time, move ever forward, if slowly. Usually, I get a polite look that suggests I might be from some outer planet in the solar system. If they think that Pat Robertson or Jerry Falwell are bad, the humorless men who will bring Sharia law to Western Europe in 2030 will make them look like Chelsea
boys on Pride Day.
I was also very upset last year about an outing of a sponsor of a gay conservative web site (to his employers) by the self-appointed leftist thought police that resulted in the shutting down of the site. This is intimidation of the worst kind. Anyway, that is my story. I hope that this contribution helps to keep your site active.
Thanks to everyone for your wonderful support of this site and the message we are trying to get out to mainstream America!